Donald Bolton

Fr. Donald Bolton, C.ss.R.

Ordained: 1952
Assignments:
  • 1952-1954 Mount St. Alphonsus, Esopus, NY (NY)
  • 1954-1959 Bela Vista, Mato, Grosso, Brazil (BalProv)
  • 1959-1962 Campo Grande, Mato Grosso, Brazil (BalProv)
  • 1962-1967 Bela Vista, Mato Grosso, Brazil (BalProv)
  • 1967-1969 Monte Alegre, Parana, Brazil (BalProv)
  • 1969-1970 Rocio, Parana, Brazil (BalProv)
  • 1970-1974 Notre Dame Retreat House, Canadaigua, NY (ROC)
  • 1974-1984 St. Gregory Thaumaturgus, North East, PA (E)
  • 1984-1987 Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Brooklyn, NY (BRK)
  • 1987-1990 Holy Family Retreat House, Hampton, VA (RIC)
  • 1990-2003 St. Alphonsus Villa-Redemptorist Fathers and Brothers, New Smyrna Beach, FL (ORL)
  • 2003-2006 St. John Neumann Residence, Saratoga Springs, NY (ALB)
  • 2006 Died

Fr. Donald Bolton worked as a Redemptorist priest for over five decades in various locations in North and South America spending the final years of his career in the Diocese of Albany. In 1986, Fr. Bolton was charged with one count each of indecent assault and corruption of minors. He pleaded guilty in 1987 and was sentenced to three years’ probation. According to the 2018 Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report, Fr. Bolton abused a girl in 1976, beginning when she was seven years old and continuing until she was eleven years old. The report also states Fr. Bolton abused a fourth-grade boy between 1976 and 1977. Fr. Bolton remained in ministry until his death in 2006. Fr. Bolton was included in the deceased portion of the Diocese of Erie’s list of persons who are “credibly accused of actions that, in the diocese’s judgement, disqualify that person from working with children.”